Baydar’s blog: Turkish public displays growing mistrust to Erdoğan, Gül, AKP and media

Here is my comment for TZ:

There is a sharp decline in the public perception that Turkey is going well… Both the founders of the Justice and Development Party (AKP), President Abdullah Gül and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, as well as the government itself, are seeing all-time lows… There is the clear-cut public belief that some ministers and their sons are involved in corruption…

The more cemented conviction is that Turkey’s media is not informing the public freely about the graft investigation… There is growing acknowledgment that both the Ergenekon and Sledgehammer cases will be retried…

On the political spectrum, the AKP is going down to its “core voter” levels, while the pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) is at an all-time-high, reaching the critical national election threshold of 10 percent…

Nothing is more interesting than taking the pulse of the Turkish public these days, as the country is becoming adrift in a political and economic crisis. But the problem has been — and will continue to be — finding reliable and independent enough pollsters.

The Ankara-based MetroPOLL is one of them. It has been monitoring trends for more than seven years and its analysis should be paid attention to. The fact that its latest findings have been fully ignored by the pro-government media speaks for itself.

The latest poll, conducted from Jan. 14-21 with 1,545 people in 31 provinces, presents extremely interesting data.

The outlook is gloomy overall.

What does the MetroPoll data tell us?

Read my full analysis here.

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About yavuzbaydar

Yavuz Baydar has been an award-winning Turkish journalist, whose professional activity spans nearly four decades. In December 2013, Baydar co-founded the independent media platform, P24, Punto24, to monitor the media sector of Turkey, as well as organizing surveys, and training workshops. Baydar wrote opinion columns, in Turkish, liberal daily Ozgur Dusunce and news site Haberdar, and in English, daily Today's Zaman, on domestic and foreign policy issues related to Turkey, and media matters, until all had to cease publications due to growing political oppression. Currently, he writes regular chronicles for Die Süddeutsche Zeitung, and opinion columns for the Arab Weekly, as well as analysis for Index on Censorship. Baydar blogs with the Huffington Post, sharing his his analysis and views on Turkish politics, the Middle East, Balkans, Europe, U.S-Turkish relations, human rights, free speech, press freedom, history, etc. His opinion articles appeared at the New York Times, the Guardian, El Pais, Svenska Dagbladet, and Al Jazeera English online. Turkey’s first news ombudsman, beginning at Milliyet daily in 1999, Baydar worked in the same role as reader representative until 2014. His work included reader complaints with content, and commentary on media ethics. Working in a tough professional climate had its costs: he was twice forced to leave his job, after his self-critical columns on journalistic flaws and fabricated news stories. Baydar worked as producer and news presenter in Swedish Radio &TV Corp. (SR) Stockholm, Sweden between 1979-1991; as correspondent for Scandinavia and Baltics for Turkish daily Cumhuriyet between 1980-1992, and the BBC World Service, in early 1990's. Returning to Turkey in 1994, he worked as reporter and ediytor for various outlets in print, as well as hosting debate porogrammes in public and private TV channels. Baydar studied informatics, cybernetics and, later, had his journalism ediucatiob in the University of Stockholm. Baydar served as president of the U.S. based International Organizaton of News Ombudsmen (ONO) in 2003. He was a Knight-Wallace Fellow at University of Michigan in 2004. Baydar was given the Special Award of the European Press Prize (EPP), for 'excellence in journalism', along with the Guardian and Der Spiegel in 2014. He won the Umbria Journalism Award in March 2014 and Caravella/Mare Nostrum Prize in 2015; both in Italy. Baydar completed an extensive research on self-censorship, corruption in media, and growing threats over journalism in Turkey as a Shorenstein Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.
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